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Resin Driveway Cost

Resin driveway cost per m2 is £40 to £100 with a typical cost of about £70. Average cost for a 2-car, 40 m2 driveway is about £2,800. There are multiple cost factors which may affect the cost of a resin driveway, we have listed these on this page.
Low Cost £40 – £60/m2
Average Cost £60 – £80/m2
High Cost £80 – £100+/m2

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How Much Does a Resin Driveway Cost per m2?

Resin driveway cost per m2 is £40 to £100 with a typical cost of about £70. Average cost for a 2-car, 40 m2 driveway is about £2,800. Cost is coming down slightly as the popularity of resin driveways rises and more contractors offer them.

Cost factors are discussed below to assist you in estimating your resin bound driveway cost.

This resin driveway price guide includes comprehensive information about cost, materials and their prices, options and the time it takes to install a resin driveway.

First, here is a table showing what your costs might be based on the various pricing factors explained later.

Resin Driveway Cost
  Low Typical High
Cost Range £40 – £60/m2 £60 – £80/m2 £80 – £100+/m2
Excavation Little or None Moderate Heavy
Preparations Little or None Moderate-Heavy Heavy
Type Bonded Either Bound
UV Stable No Yes or No Yes
Aggregate Size Up to 5mm Up to 10mm Up to 10mm
Specialty Aggregate No Yes or No Typically Yes
Edging Timber or Metal Any Type Brick or Stone
Odd Shape No Yes or No Yes or No

Overview of Resin Driveways

Resin Driveway Costs

Resin bonded driveways are attractive and quite durable. A wet pour rubber system is one option, but using a mixture of aggregate and rubber produces a more durable surface.

When properly installed so that water drains into turf or earth, they are SUDS compliant – they comply Sustainable Drainage System regulations. This means the water cascading off them does not flow into the mains drainage system where it can carry with it pollutants and debris.

Resin Bonded or Resin Bound Driveway?

The difference is more than semantics.

A resin bonded system starts with resin poured onto a resin base. The base might cover concrete, tarmac or other surface. Aggregate stone is then poured onto the rubber resin and pressed into it.

Most of the aggregate sticks and bonds to the resin, but not all. The aggregate that remains loose is sure to end up in your turf or the street. In a few years, the driveway will need a fresh layer of resin and aggregate.

A resin bound system is one in which the aggregate and resin are mixed before being poured over a resin base. There are no loose stones in this method.

Resin bonded driveway cost is lower initially, but it will have to be replaced sooner.

While resin bound driveway cost is initially higher, the driveway lasts up to two times longer, and you don’t have the nuisance of loose stones in the garden.

Factors Affecting the Cost of a Resin Driveway?

The resin driveway cost per m2 depends on these cost factors. Most refer to materials, the others to labour.

  • Resin Bound vs Resin Bonded – If resin bound driveway cost is in the budget, you’ll save money in the long-term through lower maintenance and replacement costs.
  • UV Stable Resin vs Non-UV Stable – This is another area where the upfront cost of a resin driveway is higher if you use a better product – one that resists breaking down or yellowing under sunlight. But again, a UV stable resin, at about twice the cost, looks better and lasts significantly longer.
  • Driveway Depth – If the driveway is excavated, topsoil must be removed to get to a firm base. The greater the depth of the excavation, the more sub-base material will be required to bring the level to where it needs to be. Material costs can be quite high when excavating a fresh driveway or entirely replacing an old one.
  • Aggregate Size – This also relates to driveway depth. When small aggregate – in the range of 1-5mm is used, driveway depth is shallower. Larger aggregate up to 10mm requires a surface thickness of 30-40mm.
  • Aggregate Appearance – The cost of aggregate varies by type. Some is in higher demand due to its attractive colour or appearance, so the price will be higher. If it’s not local and has to be trucked, cost will rise too.
  • Edging Type – Your options are timber (£), metal (£-££), stone (££-£££) and brick (£££). The edging provides boundaries for the drive, keep the sub-base in place as it is installed.
  • Driveway Condition – Some preparatory work will have to be done to prepare the old driveway to receive the aggregate and resin material. The more work required, such as filling, leveling and adding material, the higher the resin driveway cost estimate will be. If it’s a new driveway through a grassy area, cost might be higher than shown in our range due to the amount of excavation work required.
  • Driveway Size – Of course, total cost goes up as the driveway gets bigger. But the resin cost per m2 actually goes down slightly as size increases. This is because fixed costs such as travel time and fuel costs are spread over a greater number of m2.
  • Driveway Shape – Odd-shaped drives, such as those with parking areas to one side, can take a little longer to complete per m2, so the resin driveway price estimate might be higher.
  • Where you Live – Costs are higher in and around London than elsewhere. Also, transport distance to your home can affect price, especially in rural areas where materials are hauled a greater distance.
  • Whether you Want a Guarantee – Installers provide a guarantee for the drive with complete driveway replacement. When the bonded resin driveway is installed over existing materials, it likely won’t be guaranteed.

Sample Project Costs

Bound Resin Driveway Costs

Here are sample pricing for 4 common driveway sizes. Note that resin driveway cost per m2 falls slightly as driveway size increases.

Sample Resin Driveway Costs for Projects
Cost Ranges 20m2 40m2 60m2 80m2
Low Cost £920 – £1320 £1760 – £2560 £2520 – £3720 £3200 – £4800
National Average £1320 – £1760 £2560 – £3440 £3720 – £5040 £4800 – £6400
High Cost £1760 – £2000+ £3440 – £4000+ £5040 -£5700+ £6400 – £7600+
Cost per m2 £46 – £100+ £44 – £100+ £42 – £95+ £40 – £95+

Resin Driveway Pros and Cons

Here are resin driveway advantages.

  • Durability of 15-25 years depending on the quality of the materials.
  • Little to no maintenance required, especially when you install a resin bound driveway.
  • Planning permission is not needed.
  • Meets SUDS when properly installed.
  • Options for colours and aggregate size, which allow you to customize your driveway’s appearance.
  • Takes far less energy to make than concrete, so it is much greener.
  • Installs quickly (See FAQ) and can be used in 48-72 hours after installation.

Resin driveway disadvantages

  • Resin driveway cost per m2 is higher than gravel – though not as high as concrete pavers, stone and many other types.
  • The resin will yellow if not UV stable. This isn’t a problem if you use a yellow or off-white stone.
  • Loose stone may get into the garden if you choose a resin bonded (not bound) drive, though resin bonded driveway cost is lower.

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Resin Driveway Designs

There are also some unique designs resin driveways can also include such as resin stars, diamonds and compass designs.

Resin Driveway FAQs

Here are common questions about this unique driveway type.

Q. Explain the process of resin driveway installation?

  1. If there is an existing driveway such as concrete or tarmac, the driveway is inspected for necessary repairs before resin can be applied. In rare cases, the old drive must be removed.
  2. If no driveway is in place, the drive will be marked out, and the turf and topsoil removed. Then sub-base will be added prior to the installation of the resin driveway.
  3. Resin is poured onto the base and levelled.
  4. Aggregate is then poured and troweled into the resin to level and compact it while the resin hardens.

Q. What is involved in resin driveway maintenance?

A. Regularly remove leaves, twigs and other debris off the driveway or they may cause staining or breakdown the resin. A hose and stiff broom work well. Using a pressure washer to clean stains and hardened dirt from the surface is possible when it is in good condition.

Q. Can salt be used on a resin driveway?

A. Yes, but it isn’t ideal. It is best to remove snow before it hardens into ice. Once spring comes, any remaining salt should be washed from the drive.

Q. What aggregate colours are available?

A. Most suppliers offer 30-50 different colours.

Q. When is the best time to install a resin driveway?

A. Warm, dry weather is best. Temperature should be a minimum of 5C, though 10C or higher is better.

Where can I find a resin driveway installer?

We recommend getting estimates from several installers. If you don’t know where to locate them, our Free Quotes service makes it easy to do. You’ll receive written quotes from licensed and insured installers in your area at no charge to you, and there’s no obligation to take any of the estimates.

This gives you the opportunity to ask questions of them and get advice about the best driveway for your needs – along with cost quotes.

We also recommend checking online reviews and/or asking for references from each of the resin driveway installers you consider.

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